Human Development Application Paper(150 points)
This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the life span development concepts you have been learning throughout the course.
The movie My Girl released in 1991 explore the life of Vada Sultenfuss, an 11 year-old girl growing up with her widowed father, Harry in a Funeral home. This assignment provides you with the opportunity to analyze and apply concepts of lifespan development, especially from the lens of a professional counselor. The film can be accessed through Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and Google Play.
Throughout the film Vada develops relationships which help her as she grows: Thomas J, her friend; Shelly, an employee of her fathers funeral home; her grandmother; and her crush on her fifth grade teacher.
This assignment is to be completed in Word format and submitted electronically to the grade book per their specific instructions in the course you are enrolled. This assignment has a limit of 12 pages, which does not include the title page or references section. Papers not following these instructions, not following the correct format, and/or not submitted by the established due date will receive no credit for the assignment.
Fully cover the following topics in your paper:
Describe the main character. Include general review of physical, cognitive, socioemotional and multicultural information.
Consider the ways in which Vada demonstrates normal physical development through the use of at least 2 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles. Note any ways in which the character does not fit the expected adolescent physical developmental milestones. (Cite these ideas). Your text can be an additional resource.
Consider the ways in which Vada demonstrates normal cognitive development through the use of at least 2 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles. You may use your text as an additional resource. Note any ways in which the character does not fit the expected middle childhood cognitive developmental milestones. (Cite these ideas)
Consider Vedas emotional development in light of the research and theory on childhood emotional development using at least 2 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles. You may use your text as an additional resource.
Based on theory and research, consider the ways in which Vada demonstrates normal social development with the use of at least 2 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles. Note any ways in which she does not fit the expected middle childhood social developmental milestones. (Cite these ideas).Your text can be an additional resource.
Implications for practice
Considering the factors identified in the above sections, how would a professional counselor incorporate the developmental theory and research in their work with Vada? Be specific here. What might application of this theory and research look like in the counseling room? (Cite these ideas)
Define resilience based on the text and your research. Using your text and 2 peer-reviewedempirical journal articles, discuss factors that suggest Vada currently has a high, medium or low level of resiliency. Identify social and/or behavioral changes that could help the her become more resilient.
Resilience for Minorities. This film has very little diversity gender and socio-economic diversity is present. There is no diversity in race or sexual orientation. Consider the ways in which resiliency factors may be impacted if Vada had been a child of color. What does the research suggest about how resilience in childhood is impacted by ones race in our culture?
Personal Reflection on Middle Childhood
Summarize your middle childhood development applying developmental theories and concepts to yourself (using text). Be through here reviewing physical, cognitive, social and identity developmental stages and issues.
Briefly summarize the paper. Then discuss your overall reaction to the assignment. What did you learn about yourself and life span development through this assignment?
NOTE: All research used for this paper should have been published within the last 8 years.
**Please use this book \”The lifespan of human development\” by Pamela Roderick Dlewitt and Bill White, 4th edition, 2016